A scene from Bellingen director Robert Carter's stunning film, Thirst.
A scene from Bellingen director Robert Carter's stunning film, Thirst.

Bellingen director's Thirst slaked

IT WOULD be easy to call Thirst an Aussie film.

But with stunning empty shots of desert and sweaty close ups of beautiful faces, it's actually the kind of Australian film we've not quite seen before.

Bellingen-based director Robert Carter, who sold his Sydney home to pay for production, said that the setting of the desert is a metaphor for someone's internal life.

And this vision makes Thirst a universal story, not just a movie with Aussie accents.

Some of the shots are so gorgeous they look like edgy magazine fashion or art rather than movement on film.

There are some light hearted funny moments amongst the more serious bits - it's not a movie about doom and gloom at all.

Set in 2017, four people isolated in their different ways, are trapped, with little water, in the outback.

Beautiful 18-year-old Kit, fostered since birth, runs away with foster brother Zac after a near fatal shooting.

She remembers seeing abandoned mining huts on a TV show, and they head to the desert to hide out in them.

Living in one of the huts is Minna, a scientist who's searching for something mysterious, digging deep holes in the dirt.

When a mining company employee, Boyce - a failed comedian and company man - arrives from head office to take Minna back to the city, she refuses to go.

There's a violent struggle - and they become stranded with no way back.

Isolated in their different ways, the four are forced to make choices that challenge their ideas of themselves, expose their true needs, and offer the chance to live a whole life in a day.

You can see a much more famous Australian review the film here - Margaret Pomeranz from ABC TV, At the Movies gave Thirst 4 stars.

For a chance to win tickets to the local premiere, email 'THIRST' in the subject line to entertainer@coffscoastadvocate.com.au before Monday, March 25, 5pm.



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